Dr Gracjan Podgorski is a highly skilled Specialist Physician practising in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Dr Podgorski is passionate about the provision of high-level, evidence-based care to people with health problems.

Dr. Podgorski became a doctor over 35 years ago after graduating from the Warsaw Medical School in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland where he grew up. From there, he then proceeded to qualify as a Specialist Physician in 1989, during which time he served as the Organizer and Head of the Clinic for Diabetic Pregnant Women at the Warsaw Medical School between 1982 to 1991.

Dr. Podgorski moved to South Africa in 1991 to serve as Head of Medicine in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Madadeni Hospital) and fell in love with the country.


He and his family moved to Port Elizabeth in 1993 and he specialized in internal medicine (FCP SA) in 1995. He started his practice in 1997 and his practice has grown from strength to strength, with a team of five assisting him in running and managing the work.

Dr. Podgorski has been a Principal Investigator in more than 25 (phase III and IV) clinical studies in the past 20 years. He has published his work extensively in medical journals and presented at various local and international congresses. He has also developed a software - Electronic Health Record (EHR) titled “Patient Data” alongside developer Etienne Joubert. “Patient data” is an electronic data management system that has been self-developed over 20 years, using clinical and research experience in his private diabetic practice. EHR has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care providers (available studies have shown quality-related advantages of EHRs over paper records).

Dr. Podgorski loves his work, his patients and his practice. His other passions in life are playing the piano (especially jazz and blues) and enjoying a good game of bridge.

Education & Training


Postgraduate Endocrinology Course, Harvard Medical School, Boston 


Fellow of the College of Physician, South Africa, FCP (SA), Cape Town


Postgraduate training in the Institute for Diabetes “Gerhardt Katsch” Karlsburg, Germany


Specialist Physician,Warsaw, Poland


Medical Degree, Warsaw Medical School

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Dr Gracjan Podgorski


Special Interest: Diabetes

Throughout his career, Dr Podgorski has been passionate about medical education. He was the organizer and the first editor of “Diabetyk”, a popular magazine for patients with diabetes in Poland. He also served as a member of the General Committee of Diabetes Education Study Group (DESG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes between 1989 – 1991. He has been a member of the American Diabetes Association since 1999 and proceeded to complete a Postgraduate Endocrinology Course at the Harvard Medical School in Boston USA in 2001.